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The canon : a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science

Author: Natalie Angier
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[In this book, the author] takes us on a "guided twirligig through the scientific canon." She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists, and her own work as a reporter for the New York Times, to create an entertaining guide to scientific literacy - a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. [This book is] for anyone who wants to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Natalie Angier
OCLC Number: 180172690
Notes: Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2007.
Description: Sound disc : digital mono. ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Sisyphus sings with a ying --
Thinking scientifically, an out-of-body experience --
Probabilities, for whom the bell curves --
Calibration, playing with scales --
Physics, and nothing's plenty for me --
Chemistry, fire, ice, spies, and life --
Evolutionary biology, the theory of every body --
Molecular biology, cells and whistles --
Geology, imagining world pieces --
Astronomy, heavenly creatures.
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[In this book, the author] takes us on a "guided twirligig through the scientific canon." She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists, and her own work as a reporter for the New York Times, to create an entertaining guide to scientific literacy - a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. [This book is] for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time - from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. It's also one of those rare books that reignites our childhood delight in figuring out how things work: we learn what's actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, how the horse shows evolution at work, and that we really are all made of stardust.

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